Ivie Earns Coveted First Scholarship Offer

Dade City (Fla.) Pasco two-way standout Andrew Ivie picked up his first scholarship offer from South Florida on Friday and talks about it here.

After suffering a devastating ACL injury in the spring of his freshman year, 2015 Dade City (Fla.) Pasco lineman Andrew Ivie was forced to sit on sidelines for his sophomore year, but through hard work and determination, Ivie bounced back with a successful junior season.

"The season went good overall," Ivie said. "It was a little bit rough in the beginning of the season after returning from an ACL tear, but then I got back into the swing of things and got used to playing full force on the field again. I thought it was a pretty successful season."

Entering Friday morning, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound do-it-all lineman held no scholarship offers, but that all changed after he received a visit at school from Willie Taggart, the South Florida Bulls head coach.

"Coach Taggart came to visit our school and my head coach showed him the video that I just finished and he decided to offer me on the spot," Ivie said. "I was kind of speechless when it happened. I was just so excited to get my first offer!"

The possibility of playing close to home in front of his loved ones at the collegiate level is intriguing to the Pasco standout.

"I like their (USF) style of football and the direction the football team is heading," Ivie said. "Plus they are very close to home. I'm looking for a good education and if it's close to home."

Ivie polished off his junior campaign with 70 tackles and five sacks upfront in the trenches for Pasco High School, who finished 7-4 after being eliminated in the region quarterfinals by Citra (Fla.) North Marion.

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